BAGHDAD–The Sydney Morning Herald reported that among three Lebanese travel agency workers kidnapped in Iraq on September 17–is Armenian Aram Nalbandian. The three men and their Iraqi driver were abducted by gunmen on the Baghdad-Fallujah highway–a Lebanese Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press
The official–speaking on condition of anonymity–said the three Lebanese worked for a travel agency that has a branch in Baghdad.
The motive for the kidnapping was not immediately clear.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid has instructed the Lebanese charge d’affaires in Iraq–Hassan Hejazi–to contact Iraqi authorities to secure the release of the three Lebanese–the official said.